AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The December 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Brettmann at 1930 hours. There were eight members present and one guest.

The November minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that the UVC will be used as a polling place for the next election. 50 bricks have been sold on Memorial Walk. The northeast wall will be designated for the Sons use. Ron Hitch has been named as treasurer for the United Veterans Club.

Guest Gary Martin discussed forming a Legion Riders program. Details for this can be

found by contacting him at 308-370-1202 or SSG.watchtower@gmail.com. By mail at

811 W 11th St. Grand Island, NE 68801.

A thank you card was received from the breakfast committee for help at the Veterans Day

breakfast.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The January meeting will be on the 14th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The November 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Brettmann at 1930 hours.

The October minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that they have installed a new water heater; The Club received a plaque for Service and Dedication to Freedom; Will be hanging a picture of the Navy Symbol donated by Terry Lily. Volunteers needed for Memorial Room renovation.

The Veterans Hospital is asking for gifts for Christmas for their patients. The only items

not wanted are dental.  

Membership was announced at 475 members.

Leonard Sloan accepted position on baseball board.

A letter was received from the school foundation thanking us for our donation to the

Legion Scholarship.

A thank you to the seven members who bravely showed up for the meeting.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The December 2019 meeting will be on the 10th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The October 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Brettmann at 1930 hours.

The September minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that they have created a fund for new flag poles and flags.Board officers were reappointed and the by-Law changes were approved.

A bequest was made to the Post in the amount of $10,400 for scholarships. Members

voted to give one-half to the American Legion scholarship and one-half to the VFW

scholarship. Members also voted to donate $100 to the veterans bus fund and $175 to the

flag pin program at the elementary schools.

Two-Hundred dollars was voted to the Club to off-set expenses of the Veterans

Breakfast.  

Membership was announced at 60%.

Still looking for a member to the baseball committee.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The November 2019 meeting will be on the 12th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The September 2019 meeting was called to order by First Vice Commander Ponte at 1930 hours.

The August minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that they had received a $200 donation from the Morotcade and looking at a possible $10,000 from the County Board to be used for new flag poles.

There were two guests at the Post meeting. John Arais from Gibbon and Coral Selden

from Dannebrog.

Membership was announced at 54%.

Joe Sokolick announced his resignation from the Baseball Committee. Thanks was given

for his many years service. Post will now be seeking a replacement member.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The October 2019 meeting will be on the 8th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The August 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Brettmann at 1930 hours.

The July minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that three of their members attended the County Board meeting concerning the land west of the Club. If the County gets control, the UVC will lease it from them. They are looking for anyone interested in learning how to keep Bingo records.

The members present voted to purchase 10 wreaths for Wreaths Across America.

Guest Joh Aries spoke about Legion Riders and their upcoming Cenntinal Ride.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The September 2019 meeting will be on the 10th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

VFW Post #1347

The July meeting was held on the second. We had a total of eight members present of these six were officers.

The Board reported that the flag poles are old and getting worn. Looking for ideas. There are now 45 engraved bricks on the Memorial Walk. The WIFI system has been replaced. The south wall of the lounge will be the Poppy Certificate Wall.

There will be a veterans benefits meeting on the 17th in the Liberty Room at 6:00 PM.

On the 20th of July Stuhr Museum will be holding a 100 anniversary of WWI.

The Auxiliary won $75.00 at the Department Convention for their Poppy Flag entry.

It would be nice to see more members attend the Post meetings.

The next meeting will be on August 6th at 7:30 PM.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

VFW Post #1347

The June meeting was held on the fourth. We had eight members present.

The Board reported that the county will hold elections in our facility on November 3rd.  A request to amend the UVC By-laws will be in the July bulletin and posted in the Club. Vote will be at the annual meeting in September. The American flags have been replaced in the circle at the vacated Veterans Home. The Vietnam wall display was very successful.

National Convention will be July 20 to 24.

The Auxiliary toy drive went well. 38 families received toys. The Lions Club donated 44 backpacks to older children. $400 was given out in gift cards.

The next meeting will be on July 2nd at 7:30 PM.

 Respectively submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Quartermaster

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The May 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

The April minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Members reaching 50 or more years were honored with a Certificate and Pin recognizing their continuous service. Those in attendance were Tom Collins, Chad Komarek. Le Roy Larson, Eugene Pesek and Thomas Sorahan.

 

Membership still in the 80% range.

 

Second call for nomination of officers.  Jim Brettmann Commander.  1st Vice Commander Mike Ponte.  2nd Vice Commander George Olsen. Chaplain Leonard Sloan. 3 year Board Member Verne Hill. There being no further candidates, a motion and 2nd was made to cast a white ballot for the nominees. Motion carried. The above named are the officers for the coming year. They will assume office in July.

 

 District #6 Commander, Rich Lemmeman  called Commander Schleicher and s stated  that we were to no longer pay for Boys State and Jr. Law candidates and that we would receive a refund for the them. That being said, a motion and 2nd was made that when we receive the refund we will pay the District dues. Motion approved.

 

The Board reported that new crash bars have been installed on some doors. 40 engraved bricks have been sold on Memorial Walk. Ron Callihan is the new maintenance man and Don Kemerling will assist him. A new mower has been purchased. Viet Nam wall will be here May 23 through May 27.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The Mat 2019 meeting will be on the 14th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The April 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 13 members present for the meeting.

 

The March minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the water heater in the janitors closet has been replaced. The flags at the old Veterans Home will be flown at all times. Replacement flags will be the responsibility of our Club. They are looking for replacements for our maintenance man and part time maintenance man. Drink prices were increased on drinks using canned pop or juice.

 

Membership hit 80%.

 

First call for nomination of officers. Mike Ponte  and Jim Brettmann Commander. 2nd Vice Commander George Olsen. Chaplain Leonard Sloan. 3 year Board Member Verne Hill. There was no candidate for 1st Vice Commander. Second call and election  will be at the May meeting.

 

 District #6 Commander, Rich Lemmeman attended to discuss district dues. He explained their income and expenses. It appears that our Post has been paying for Boys State and Jr. Law Cadets while the district was also paying for them. Quite a discussion followed about this “double dipping” by Department and District. While resolution was decided, the District Commander is to get back to us regarding this issue. As of now, the District receives 35 cents for each of our members and wants us to add another 20 cents. Giving them 55 cents per member.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The Mat 2019 meeting will be on the 14th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The March 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 13 members present for the meeting.

 

The February minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the floors have been stripped and waxed; A new counter-top has been installed in the waitress station; All insurance policies have been updated and  renewed.   

 

Membership is still in the 75% to 80% range.

 

It was reported that the Honor Guard performed military rites for 24 veterans during January and February. This is the most in any two month period.

 

Members voted to purchase $2,000 worth of baseballs for the Legion teams. Also members voted to donate $200 to the Auxiliary for their Easter Egg Hunt.

 

We received a letter from the District Commander about the district dues. Members voted to have him attend our next meeting and explain in fuller detail about the dues.

 

There will be a Baseball dinner on March 30th.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The April 2019 meeting will be on the ninth  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The February 2019 meeting was called to order by 1st Vice Commander Ponte at 1930 hours.

 

There were 9 members present for the meeting and one guest.

 

The January minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the land west of the Club has been surveyed; Club is responsible for the flags at the old Veterans Home.  

 

Membership is still in the 75% range.

 

Bob merchant donated a picture drawn by him to the Club. It will be hung in the United Room.

 

Members voted to donate $100 for the GICC Post Prom Party.

 

Commander Schleicher is on the sick and disabled list.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The March 2019 meeting will be on the 12th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The January 2019 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 1o members present for the meeting.

 

The December minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the lease for the land west of the Club has been signed. Term is for 100 years at a cost of $1.00. Rich Boerson, Don Kemerling and Rich and Lavon Catron were thanked for their bingo work.

 

Membership is still in the 75% range.

 

Members voted to donate $50 for the luncheon for veterans on the third and fourth floors at the hospital

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The February 2019 meeting will be on the 12th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53
MINUTES
December 11, 2018

Meeting called to order by Cmdr Schleicher. 

Opening ceremonies were conducted by Cmdr Schleicher 1st VC Ponte & Chaplin Sloan.

Minutes were approved as read.

Financial Report: Motion & 2nd to approve. Carried.

Roll Call: 11 Officers present, 2 absent. 13 members present. 
 
Committee Reports given: Board: Working on land west of club; Two tall tables & 8 chairs bought for lounge; Club closed 12/24 open 12 to 6 News Years day.  Membership is at 75%. 

 Sick Call: None. Comrade in  Distress: None.

 Old Business: Adjutant reported on district dues. Dept. agreed that dues increase was to help districts. District receives .35/member. Motion & 2nd not to pay & send letter explaining why. Carried.

New Business: Motion & 2nd donate $100 for Wreaths Across America. Carried.

Communications: Ground breaking for stadium 11/21/19.

Deceased veterans honored. 

There being no further business closing ceremonies were conducted. Meeting adjourned . Next meeting 1/8/19 at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The November 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

 

The October minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

The Board reported that the sprinklers have been installed and the new trees planted. Happy hour prices have been revised. Were approached about a “hike & bike” trail at the east end of Memorial Park. 35 bricks have been sold on the Memorial Walk.    

 

Membership is at 474.

 

A motion and second to donate $500 for the band scheduled for February, 2019 also $200 was requested for the Veterans Breakfast. These motions were approved. A motion and 2nd was made to donate $100 to the Christmas Cheer and Salvation Army. This was approved.

 

The Christmas Party at the Veterans Hospital and Veterans Home will be held on December 4.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The December 2018 meeting will be on the 11th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The October 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 11 members present for the meeting.

 

The September minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Board reported that sprinklers are being installed in the Park to due away with the water wheels. A band will be playing in the Park on Memorial Day. Bob Lahen has been installed as Vice Chairman of the Board. Only four people attended the open Board meeting.    

 

Membership is at 72 percent.

 

A motion and second was made to donate $100 to the veterans bus fund and $500 to the Viet Nam traveling wall. Both motions were approved.

 

It was reported that Commander Ponte is to have surgery on his knee.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The November 2018 meeting will be on the 13th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The September 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 11 members present for the meeting.

 

The August minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Board reported that more trees and sprinklers will be added in the Park. The new freezer has been installed and the old one donated to Central Catholic. Military branch flags will be added along the Memorial Wall when the American Flags are flown.   

 

Membership is at 55 percent.

 

A thank you was received from the Veterans Hospital Special Services committee for our donation.

 

Grand Island Public Schools Scholarship Foundation sent us a copy of the criteria used to award our scholarship. No changes are needed.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The October 2018 meeting will be on the 9th  at 1930 hours. Would like to seemore members present.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 

The August 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

 

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

 

The July minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

 

Board reported that the NFL football games will be televised unless players demonstrate. A new freezer has been ordered and should be here this week. The open Board meeting will be held on September 19th at 7:30 PM.   

 

The VA Medical Center has two vans now to transport veterans. A motion was made and seconded to donate $50.00 to the VA Volunteer Services Committee. Motion carried.

 

The Veterans Service Office has a budget of $266,000 for the coming year. It was also reported that there are 22 applicants for the 4th Hero Flight.

 

Membership is at 50 percent. Which is very good for the first month.

 

A thank you card was received from Relay for Life for our donation to their cause.

 

Deceased veterans were honored.

 

The September 2018 meeting will be on the 11th  at 1930 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The July 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

The June minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

Board reported that they are considering installing sprinklers for the baseball fields.  

A letter was received from the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial in Kearney. They are requesting donations to build a memorial at the new Veterans Home. No action  was  taken.

Membership  renewals are coming in at a rapid rate

Deceased veterans were honored.

The August 2018 meeting will be on the 14th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The June 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The May minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

Board reported that the Memorial Day event was well attended. The large beer cooler is still for sale.

Commander Schleicher appointed officers for the coming year. Simpson as Adjutant/Finance; Donahey Sgt. At Arms & POW/MIA; Lathen children & youth; Palensky Americanism: Ponte Service Officer.

Members voted to donate $500 to Relay for Life.

A photograph was received of our scholarship winner Jadeyn Stutzman.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The July 2018 meeting will be on the 10th at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

The May 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 18 members present for the meeting.

The April minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Post was honored to be able to present 50 year continous membership certificates and pins to Dave Detweiler and Jerry  Taylor.

Board reported that the Kitchen door has been replaced and 31 bricks have been sold.

Second call for nominations was given. Only one new nominee, Roger Schleicher for Commander. A motion was made and seconded to close nominations and that the Adjutant cast a White ballot for the nominees. Motion carried.

Officers for the coming year are: Commander Roger Schleicher, 1st Vice Commander Michael Ponte, 2nd Vice Commander Jim Brettmann, Chaplin Sloan, and Glen Palensky for the Board.

Department Convention is in Kearney June 21-24.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The June 2018 meeting will be on the 12th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The April 2018 meeting was called to order by 1st Vice Commander Ponte at 1930 hours.

There were 12 members present for the meeting.

The March minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

A  member of the Legion Baseball Committee gave a very detailed report on their income and expenses. They had a net profit last year.

A group from Grand Island High School gave a report on the proposed improvements at the Memorial Stadium. It will be quite an undertaking over a three year period.

Board reported that American Legion Auxiliary will no longer help at Bingo. Happy hour will continue during Nebraska football games. Patrons with problems need to discuss them with the Manager and not harass employees. The Club will be used as a polling place for the May 15 and Nov 6 elections. The Vietnam Wall will be on display in the Park May 22 thru 27, 2019. Club has a negative income of $15,900 in February. This was due to many items being paid for and/or paid ahead.

Members voted to give $200 to the Legion Auxiliary for their Easter Egg Hunt.

A thank you letter was received from the Central Catholic Post prom committee.

Department Convention is in Kearney June 21-24.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The May 2018 meeting will be on the 8th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The March 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 14 members present for the meeting.

The February minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

Children and Youths reported that five candidates for Boys State have been received and one for Jr. Law.

The Fourth Hero Flight is scheduled for May 8 to 10, 2018.

Memorial Day programming is underway. Date is May 28.  

Board reported that damaged ceiling tiles in the Liberty Room are being replaced. The furnace in the United Room had been replaced. A new ruling that there will be no gambling pools allowed by members or non-members. The Club had a $478 loss in January.

Members voted to purchase $2,000 worth of baseballs for the Legion teams.

The Adjutant showed the original letter from Post #53 for a Charter to the 40 and 8. The letter was found in a book donated to the Veterans Home. The letter was dated in 1921. The Adjutant thought  it should framed and displayed for historical purposes in the Club. Members voted to do so.

Department Convention is in Kearney June 21-24.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The April 2018 meeting will be on the 10th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

AMERICAN LEGION POST 53

 The January 2018 meeting was called to order by Commander Schleicher at 1930 hours.

There were 10 members present for the meeting.

The December minutes were approved. The financial report was approved.

The Board reported that new tables have been ordered for the lounge. They will be delivered when the matching formica tops are installed. Club had a $2,154 profit for November.

The Hero Flight committee will be serving Spaghetti in January.

Boys State paperwork was received and given to Comrade Lathen for processing.

Deceased veterans were honored.

The February 2018 meeting will be on the 13th  at 1930 hours.

Respectfully submitted

Richard L. Simpson, Adjutant

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